Galway United have announced that Joe Collins has signed a new contract with the West of Ireland club.
Collins joined the club from Galway and District League side West United ahead of the 2019 season.
The 25 year old made 17 appearances for The Tribesmen this year with his season disrupted by a troublesome knee injury.
The Ennis native had his first taste of League of Ireland football this year and despite the injury setback he managed to work his way into the first team at Eamonn Deacy Park and forge a midfield partnership with fellow Clare man Maurice Nugent.
“I really enjoyed the step up in quality and the challenge, I felt I found my feet quickly enough and grew in confidence as the year progressed. I was delighted to play as many games as I did,” Collins said, speaking to the club’s website.
“I worked hard when I was out injured to get back involved and I was pleased to get back into the team so quickly after my setback. To finish the season as strongly as we did was a real positive and hopefully I’ll stay injury-free in 2020 and continue to grow in confidence.
“The Cork City game in the Cup was by far my most enjoyable night in football. To get a taste of big games like that is just fuelling the motivation for next year.
“It was easy to get excited for next season after hearing Alan’s plans and the ambitions of the club going forward. It’s a really exciting time to be involved and I can’t wait to get going now.”
The midfielder is United’s third signing this week with Marc Ludden and Conor Barry committing to the club in recent days.